2 killed in North Sea gas accident

2013-06-14 19:04
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The Hague - Two people were killed and one seriously injured on Friday in an accident on a North Sea gas rig operated by France's GDF Suez, the coastguard said.

"We received a call at 09:50 (0750 GMT) that two people were dead and one seriously injured after an accident during testing of rig equipment," coastguard spokesperson Peter Verburg told AFP.

The injured man, of Dutch nationality, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in northern Dutch city Leeuwarden where he is in a stable condition.

GDF Suez said in a statement that the accident occurred "during pressure tests on equipment" on the rig around 100km northwest of Den Helder in the northwest of the country.

"At the time of the incident the platform was out of production and depressurised," the company said.

The coastguard said that police were at the scene to investigate what caused the deadly accident, which national news agency ANP said was caused by a loose pipe.

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